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What is the difference between Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago and Joffrey School in New York?

Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, is the only training program owned, operated or endorsed by The Joffrey Ballet. The Joffrey Ballet is not affiliated with any other dance training or school program, including the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. The Joffrey Academy, located in the Exelon Education Center at Joffrey Tower in Chicago, Illinois, is the only school that follows the organizational mission, training syllabi, and artistic vision of The Joffrey Ballet. No other program, including those holding the Joffrey name, is sanctioned by The Joffrey Ballet. For more information, please contact Academy Reception at 312.784.4600.

How can I get to Joffrey Tower?

The Joffrey Academy of Dance is located on the third floor of the Exelon Education Center at 10 East Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois 60601. Joffrey Tower is located in the heart of Chicago’s loop, near most major public transportation, including the Chicago Transit Authority (Red, Brown, Green, Blue, Orange, and Purple lines). A parking garage is located immediately east of Joffrey Tower; please ask Joffrey Academy Reception for a discounted parking pass.

How can I get to the South Loop studio?

The Joffrey's South Loop studios are located at 1920 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60616, a few blocks northwest of McCormick Place. The studio is located within two blocks of the Cermak-McCormick Place Green link station and in-between State Street and Michigan Avenue bus stops.

Where can I park?

Joffrey Tower - Parking is available in the InterPark Self-Parking lot at 20 East Randolph Street (corner of Randolph and Wabash). Parking validation is available at Joffrey Academy Reception and discounts daily parking to $20. Pre-paid parking packs are available at Reception for $80 for 10 passes. These pre-paid passes are only eligible for parking after 3:00 PM on weekdays and all day on weekends.

South Loop - Metered street parking is available as well as several spaces in the back of the building which require reservation and payment through SpotHero.

How do the students at the Joffrey Academy of Dance continue their academic education?

The schedules of classes for Children’s, Youth, and Pre-Professional Divisions are intended to accommodate the academic schedules of our students. The students at the school continue their education in a variety of ways. Some enroll in local schools, while others complete their coursework through correspondence with either their home school or an online university. Students in the Conservatory, Trainee, and Studio Company programs may consider distance learning programs if they have not yet received their high school degree. 

Is there a dress code?

Yes. Joffrey Academy’s dress code is designed to encourage unity, discipline, and improved concentration among our students. There is a specific dress code for each level of the Joffrey Academy of Dance. This information can be found online, on each program overview page.  

Where can I purchase dancewear in the Chicago area?

Allegro Dance Boutique 
2114 Central Street 
Evanston, Illinois 60201 
847.733.8460

104 South Cook Street
Barrington, Illinois 60010
847.277.1009

Wear Moi Dancewear
3352 North Broadway
Chicago, Illinois 60657
773.850.3119

Discount Dance Supply
800.328.7107

Are scholarships, financial aid, or work-study programs offered?

A limited number of merit scholarships are available each term to students who have demonstrated professional potential. Merit scholarships are awarded by the artistic staff of The Joffrey Ballet.  

A limited amount of financial assistance is also available for students whose financial circumstances would limit their exposure to classical ballet and other dance forms. 

Students awarded scholarships or financial assistance must attend all classes assigned to their level. If an absence is unavoidable (i.e. illness, family emergency, etc.), students will need to notify the Joffrey Academy as soon as possible to excuse their absence. Scholarship and financial aid students must pay any registration fees and/or deposits, and will always strive to exemplify high moral character, a strong work ethic, and excellence in performance.

The Joffrey Academy does not currently offer a work-study program.

How is placement determined?

All Children’s Division classes prior to Ballet II, as well as Youth Ballet I, Jazz I, Modern, and Hip Hop are age-based classes. Ballet IIB, IIA, Youth Ballet II, and above, Jazz II/III are determined during a Trial Class. Acceptance into the Pre-Professional, Conservatory, Trainee, Studio Company, or Summer Intensive programs is by audition only. Placement in the Academy is at the sole discretion of the artistic staff and directors.

What are the age requirements for the Children’s Division?

Children’s Division class placement is based on age at the beginning of the current academic year:

  • Toddler & Me: age 2
  • Creative Movement I: age 3
  • Creative Movement II: age 4
  • Pre-Ballet I: age 5
  • Pre-Ballet II: age 6
  • Ballet I: age 7

If I am a current student, do I need to audition for the Summer Intensives?

Yes. Current students are expected to attend auditions for all summer intensive programs if they are interested in attending. Acceptance into year-round programs does not guarantee acceptance into summer programs.

What performance opportunities are available?

Students in Children’s IIA, the Pre-Professional Division, Joffrey Conservatory, Academy Trainee program, and Joffrey Studio Company are invited to participate in annual performance opportunities and may be invited to participate in additional events. Some students are also given the opportunity to perform various roles throughout The Joffrey Ballet’s season.

How can I request private lessons?

Private lessons are currently suspended at Joffrey Tower due to COVID-19 regulations.

Under normal circumstances, private lessons are offered to Academy students at the discretion of the Academy artistic staff and are dependent upon regular attendance in the classes in which the student is already enrolled. Students must fill out a Student Private Lesson Request Form from Academy Reception. The price of the lesson will include a studio rental fee of $30/hour as well as the Faculty member’s rate for private lessons, which generally ranges from $40-$100 per hour. Faculty pricing for private lessons is at the discretion of the instructor.

Do I need to register for Adult Open Division classes?

The Adult Open Division is the only Division at the Academy of Dance that is on a drop-in basis, however pre-registration is available online. Pre-registration is available beginning 7 days prior to the scheduled class and closes online a half hour prior. There are no refunds for missing or cancelling a class after pre-registration is complete.

Can students in the Adult Open Division take Pointe?

This is determined on a case by case basis and requires teacher approval. Please see more information about our Intro to Pointe Class in the Adult Open Division section.